Today is a new era for Blizzard’s Overwatch series, with the company rolling out Overwatch 2 across multiple platforms including the Nintendo Switch. It’s free-to-play, features cross-platform play and progression, and can be downloaded now from the Switch eShop.
This new game will receive seasonal updates, new heroes, maps, game modes, cosmetics and more on a regular basis. Players can log in to play as the new support hero Kiriko and a number of other new characters such as the Junker Queen (tank) and Sojourn (damage) – with the roster being bumped up to 35 heroes.
Joining these new heroes are six new maps, a new 5v5 versus format, the new Push game mode, a new ping system and a redesigned comp mode. An all-new item shop replaces the Loot Box system, and there’s a free and premium battle bass to choose from – covering the first few seasons of the game.
The premium battle pass (1000 Overwatch Coins – $10 USD) gives players immediate access to new heroes when they’re added, and will also include other unlockables such as skins. Season One is now live and Season 2 will include a new tank hero and map – with more seasons to roll out every nine weeks.
Overwatch 2’s PvE mode will also be rolled out next year at a later date. It’s worth noting players will no longer be able to access Overwatch.
It seems the launch hasn’t gone entirely to plan – with the company president Mike Ybarra revealing the game’s servers have suffered a mass DDoS attack:
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